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Livermore to Castle Air Museum - Sun., February 25, 2024

Our February run will take us over backroads through the hills and valleys of the East Bay and out to the Central Valley and Castle Air Muse...

Bloomberg Reviews The 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman

Jason H. Harper reviews the 2011 MCS Countryman for Bloomberg News. His most serious criticism was over tire choice:
The Countryman’s added height and weight conspire to work against the go-kart handling that the brand is famous for. The Countryman is still maneuverable, just less so.

My car had 18-inch run-flat tires which were extremely loud on the freeway and gave precious little cushioning on the bumps. Worse, the entire car lurches whenever it encounters a bump mid- corner, wrenching the steering wheel the opposite way. All problems that could potentially be fixed with a different tire choice.

The mega Mini does mean trading in a few Mini-like characteristics. But for many customers, the extra space inside is worth the car’s growing pains.